25 Hime Cut Styles Making The World Go Gaga!

Delve into the fantasy world of Japanese anime with these imperial-era-inspired haircuts.

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With the ever-increasing popularity of anime, it should come as no surprise that hime cut hairstyles are the biggest hair craze! Also known as the hime katto, this princess cut originated in Japan during the Heian period. Royals in the imperial court would grow out their hair length but cut their bangs eyebrow-length. They would also cut their sidelocks close to their cheek length. Swipe up to check out the best hime cuts to make you feel royal!

protip_icon Before You Get Started
  • The hime cut is most suitable for people with an oval-shaped face.
  • Hime hairstyles add the right amount of dimension to your look. They can also help in face-framing.
  • The hime cut is ideal for those with thick, thin, or fine straight hair.

What Is The Hime Cut?

The hime cut is a combination of the Amasogi and Binsogi hairstyles. The Amasogi is a blunt shoulder-length cut that was popular back in the imperial times. The Binsogi cut involves cutting the hair near the ears at ear-length. This was done during a ceremony called Binsogi when a woman turned 20, which is how the hairstyle gets its name.

The hime cut is most often seen in “gothic Lolita” culture. This asymmetrical cut is popular in South Korea now, with many K-Pop stars sporting the look.

protip_icon Did You Know?
Noblewomen of the Heian period (794 A.D. to 1185 A.D.) in Japan started the trend of the hime cut among girls of 16 years old.

Since your hair is cut at different lengths in this hairstyle, it requires a fair bit of maintenance. Check out the next section to find out what you need to do to maintain it.
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How To Maintain The Hime Cut

  • If you have long, straight hair, you will just need to trim it regularly to keep it looking fresh and on point.
  • For wavy or curly hair, this cut is high maintenance and will require regular straightening, trimming, and touch-ups.

Now that you know everything about hime cuts, let’s deep dive into all the ways that you can style it!

25 Stunning Hime Cut Styles

1. Colored Mullet Hime Cut

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You can spice up the traditional hime cut by mixing it with a mullet. Color your favorite shade with sharp straight bangs to achieve this power cut. This cut is perfect for round and oval faces as it accentuates your facial features. If you wish to stand out in the crowd,this look is for you!

2. Feathered Fringe Hime Bob

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This feathered fringe hime bob looks good on short hair as it accentuates your jawline. All you need is some gel to create this chic hairstyle.

3. Hime Cut With Curled Ends

You can spice up the traditional straight hime cut by incorporating curled ends in the style. Use a curling iron to achieve the perfect curled ends and to create a curtain bangs look to add a wow factor to your hairstyle!

4. V-Bangs Hime Cut

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Yes, you can experiment with your hime bangs to create a unique look. V-shaped bangs are highly suitable for round or oval faces as they accentuate one’s facial features. Go crazy and have fun with your look by adding different color blocks to them.

5. Hime Wolf Cut

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The funky combination of hime and wolf cuts is highly suitable for medium-length hair. Additionally, this layered cut resembles the shaggy cut and creates movements around the chin, and the wispy bangs soften the facial shape, making it ideal for round faces. Indeed, a perfect and sought-after hairstyle to experiment with.

6. Cheek Length Hime Cut

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While the traditional hime cut has the sidelocks cut at cheek-length with bangs, you don’t always need to sport bangs. Go fringeless this season and slay with this stunning hime cut. The longer back hair reaches your collarbones like in a lob cut.

7. Chin-Length Hime Cut

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The traditional hime cut is cut a little below the cheeks, but you can take it up a notch by taking it all the way down to your chin. This choppy cut helps frame your face by accentuating your jawline.

8. Thick Hime Cut

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Do you have thick hair? Then, one of your biggest issues is finding the right hairstyle to show off its volume. The hime cut is perfect for this purpose. Style your thick tresses into this tapered cut and it will look flawless when cut in its three separate short layers.

9. Long Hime Cut

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Long side bangs can make any hairstyle look dapper. So, why not pair long side bangs with your hime cut? This is a great way to minimize the regular trims required to make your hime cut look fresh.

10. Double Sidelocks Hime Cut

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Double scoops of ice-cream, second servings of cake: all good things come in doubles. Just like this double sidelocks hime cut. While the first sidelock is cut at cheek-length, the second one is cut a little lower. Also, notice how the first sidelock is more prominent than the second one. This helps in adding depth to your hair.

11. Tapered Hime Cut

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The hime cut most certainly looks stunning on thick hair, but it also looks elegant on thin hair. It adds a certain soft touch to your hair and helps in adding dimension to your face.

12. Dissociated Hime Cut

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Notice how the bangs, side bangs, and sidelocks are all clearly separated? This is why it’s called the dissociated hime cut. The levels are clearly demarcated from each other and don’t blend together. This adds an edgy touch to the look.

Anna Nguyen, a YouTuber, gives herself a personalized hime cut. She starts the process by dyeing her hair with a darker color. She continues the process by cutting blunt bangs on the front and trimming the side layers. She says, “I parted my hair like where my ear is if that makes sense like to cut the side parts. I parted my hair where my ear was and then I cut angled to like line up with my jawline and then I did that motion [cut] as well to make it like not so blunt and I love it, I feel so cute (i).”

13. Curved-In Hime Cut

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The classic hime cut is usually styled super straight. Most hime cuts nowadays still follow that style. But, what if you want your hime cut to stand out? Well, opt for this curved hime cut where the sidelocks are curved at the end. It might not look like much of a difference, but it helps draw attention to your facial features.

14. Thin Bangs Hime Cut

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Women with thick hair know that having thick bangs is not easy. You have to trim them constantly, and your forehead is sweaty most of the time. You can solve these issues by keeping your bangs thin but your sidelocks thick. This will add some great dimension to your hime cut.

15. Modern Hime Cut

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Most face shapes don’t work with all types of bangs (unless you have an oval face). So, try this modern hime cut that merges sidelocks with long layers of side bangs. The middle parting can make your face look longer, which is perfect for anyone with wide cheeks.


protip_icon Did You Know?
Megumi Asaoka, a popular Japanese idol, pop singer and actress, popularized the classic hime cut or princess cut as her trademark in the 1970s.

16. The Cosplay Hime Cut

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Cosplay is a big deal! Whether it’s at Comic Con or just to dress up like your favorite character for those likes, cosplays have gotten bigger and bigger over the years. Since the hime cut is often seen in anime, it is regularly sported by cosplayers.

17. Sleek Hime Cut

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Blunt bangs and blunt sidelocks make for a sleek hime cut. Simply apply some hair gel to your bangs and sidelocks before combing them down. Use very little gel as you don’t want the cut to look oily and weighed down.

18. Hime Cut Pigtails

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Most female anime characters sport the hime cut. This is because the hime cut is very versatile. When you tie your hair in pigtails, you can see how the sidelocks and bangs stand out and help in framing your face.

19. Hime Cut Bob

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While in imperial times the hime cut was done on long, straight hair, the hime cut looks great even when done with a bob. The hair from the ear to the front is given a blunt cut and the back hair is kept a couple of inches longer. With many K-Pop stars sporting this androgynous look, it’s only natural that many will follow suit.

20. Hime Cut Lob

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The stylish long bob is one of the most sought-after hairstyles. So, why not pair it with the hime katto? Trust me when I say it looks absolutely brilliant. It adds a lovely twist to a classic style.

21. Contemporary Hime Cut

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I love how the bangs in this style taper into the sidelocks while the sidelocks are dissociated from the rest of your hair. It jazzes up a regular bob cut. If you love short hairstyles, give this one a try.

22. Cute Hime Cut

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The hime cut looks very cute. That’s why many teens and young adults love sporting it. Add a subtle curve at the end to give your hime cut that cutesy girl-next-door vibe.

23. Flapper Hime Cut

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I love this vintage take on the hime cut that has been done in a flapper style. It looks straight out of a manga, doesn’t it? The short locks and layers draw attention to your eyes, nose, cheeks, and jawline.

24. Anime Hime Cut

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The minute I saw this cut, I had a flashback to the many anime series I used to watch as a kid, especially Jigoku Shoujo. While Ai Enma’s cut is more of a traditional hime katto, this modern take on the cut is pretty rad too.

25. High Fashion Hime Cut

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When you have a hime cut this edgy, you need to flaunt it on Instagram. Switch the old bob with bangs with these awe-inspiring hime cuts. Look at the well-defined layers, bangs, sidelocks, and the perfect tuck behind the ear. So flawless!

Infographic: All You Need To Know About The Hime Cut

The hime cut, also called the hime katto, is a trendy hairstyle flooding everyone’s Insta’s feed. It is incredibly popular among cosplayers. Check out the infographic below to know the origin of this uber cool hairstyle and two simple yet important maintenance tips that you should follow if you are planning to get or have gotten a hime cut.

all you need to know about the hime cut (infographic)

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Hime cut styles are the latest trend in hairstyles. This is a combination of Amasogi and Binsogi hairstyles. Hime cuts can be styled in various ways. Cheek length hime cut, chin-length hime cut, thick hime cut, long hime cut, double sidelocks hime cut, tapered hime cut, dissociated hime cut, curved-in hime cut, thin bangs hime cut, modern hime cut, sleek hime cut, and hime cut pigtails, a hime messy bun, side swept bangs, or even a braided crown are a few ways to style hime cut. You need to maintain a hime cut by trimming if you have straight hair.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the hime cut popular?

Hime cut is popular because it has a unique shape and origin. Many people find it is the best way to flaunt the style. It has also become a trend on many social media platforms.

Is hime cut good for a round face?

Yes, hime cut perfectly suits a round face.

Is hime haircut hard to maintain?

Yes, hime cut is hard to maintain if you have wavy or curly hair. It needs regular trimming, touch-ups, and straightening

Key Takeaways

  • The Amasogi and Binsogi hairstyles inspired the creation of hime cuts.
  • Trimming your hair regularly helps maintain a hime haircut.
  • Certain hime hairstyles are trending, such as the cheek-length and tapered hime cut styles.
  • You can get inspiration from many popular anime and style your hime cut in pigtails, bobs, or just keep them naturally loose.
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Learn how to create a beautiful Hime hairstyle with this easy video tutorial! Get the perfect look for any occasion with this step-by-step guide.

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